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The Oakland Raiders swing for the fences…

October 18, 2011

The Oakland Raiders shocked everyone by trading for former Cincinnati Bengal Carson Palmer right before the trade deadline.  Palmer had not started a game since 2010, after refusing to play for the Bengal organization.  Bengals owner Mike Brown stated several times he wouldn’t trade the disgruntled QB.  However, the Raiders offered them a deal they couldn’t resist, a 1st round pick in the 2012 Draft, as well as a conditional 1st round pick in the 2013 Draft.  Many believe the Raiders gave up too much for a QB who threw 20 interceptions last year.  With the Raiders in “win now” mode, acquiring Palmer was their best option. Jason Campbell is sidelined for 6 weeks with a broken collarbone.  Their backup QB’s, Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor are below average at this point and aren’t capable of propelling the Raiders to the playoffs.  Because they don’t have adequate replacements on their current roster, the Raiders had to make a trade or pick up someone via free agency.  Free agent David Garrard recently underwent back surgery that will prevent him from playing for the rest of the season, making Carson Palmer was the best available option for the Raiders.  In turn, they gave the Bengals an offer they couldn’t refuse.  In the end I think both teams won.  The Raiders got a talented, former Pro Bowl QB capable of leading them to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.  The Bengals got the most value possible for the unhappy Palmer, who threaten to retire rather than play in Cincinnati.  The only loser in this situation is Jason Campbell.  By investing so much in Carson, it is clear that the team has no plans on resigning Campbell, who becomes a free agent at the end of the year.  After 4 offensive coordinators in 4 years with the Washington Redskins, and 2 descent years in Oakland, Jason is now forced to find another NFL team.

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